Investor Relations

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Specific to Global Net Lease (GNL) and our Business

REITs, in general

Real estate investment trusts or REITs are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate in a range of property sectors. These companies have to meet a number of requirements to qualify as REITs. Most REITs trade on major stock exchanges, and they offer a number of benefits to investors. REITs are a practical way for all investors to invest in large-scale, income-producing, professionally managed companies that own commercial real estate such as office, industrial / distribution, warehouse, healthcare and retail properties. Some REITs invest throughout the country or, in some cases, throughout the world. Others specialize in one region or even a single metropolitan area.

REITs are real estate working for you. Through the diverse array of properties they own, finance and operate, REITs help provide the essential real estate we need to live, work and play. REITs of all types collectively own more than $3 trillion in gross assets across the U.S., with stock-exchange listed REITs owning approximately $2 trillion in assets. U.S. listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1.4 trillion. In addition, an estimated 87 million American own REITs through their retirement savings and other investment funds.

(source: Nareit’s REITs by the Numbers)

REITs are total return investments as they typically a) offer current income through the distributions they pay and b) offer the potential for moderate, long term capital appreciation. Here are answers to fundamental questions about REITs.

REIT Basics

Commonly Used REIT Terms